Monday 26 January 2015

'My social life? That's gone' - 2FM star Jennifer Maguire on those early starts for new programme

Melanie Finn, Showbiz Editor

Published 10/03/2014 | 07:33

Jennifer Maguire tonight at the opening night of Matthew Bournes Swan Lake at The Bord Gais Energy
Pictures:Brian McEvoy
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Broadway Entertainment Group in association with New Adventures presents the Multi Award-winning Matthew Bournes Swan Lake which opened tonight at the Bord Gais Energy Theatre and will run until this saturday 1st March.

Premiering at Sadlers Wells in 1995, Matthew Bournes triumphant modern re-interpretation of Swan Lake turned tradition upside down, taking the dance world by storm. Matthew Bourne blends dance, humour and spectacle with extravagant, award-winning designs by Lez Brotherston, to create a provocative and powerful Swan Lake for our times. Now firmly crowned as a modern-day classic, this iconic production is perhaps best-known for replacing the traditional female corps de ballet with a menacing male ensemble.

Liz Koops, Chief Executive for Broadway Entertainment Group, who has produced the show globally for 8 years, says We are delighted to be bringing Matthew Bournes Swan Lake back for its fifth international tour.  I am immensely proud to have been part of this wonderful production for so many years, a production which remains as fresh, vibrant and as relevant as it was at its very first performance. Its unrivalled success is a testament to its unique storytelling and iconic beauty.

Collecting over 30 international theatre awards including three Tony Awards, MATTHEW BOURNES SWAN LAKE has been acclaimed as a landmark achievement on the international stage. It has become the longest running ballet in the West End and Broadway and enjoyed five successful tours in the UK and thrilled audiences all over the world.

MATTHEW BOURNES SWAN LAKE is directed and choreographed by Matthew Bourne with Set and Costume Design by Lez Brotherston and Lighting Design by Rick Fisher
Jennifer Maguire
Breakfast Republic on 2fm is presented by Bernard O'Shea, Keith Walsh and Jennifer Maguire
Jennifer Maguire
Breakfast Republic on 2fm presented by Jennifer Maguire, Bernard O'Shea and Keith Walsh
Guests at the Peter Mark VIP Style Awards 2013 at The Marker Hotel, Dublin, Ireland - 26.04.13. Pictures: G. McDonnell / Cathal Burke / VIPIRELAND.COM *** Local Caption *** Jennifer Maguire
Jennifer and Bernard O’Shea, who will co-host 2fm’s new breakfast show.
Jennifer and her fiance Lau Zamparelli

RTE's Jennifer Maguire has stopped drinking during the week as she juggles her early-morning radio show and her television slot.

The 33-year-old has been getting up at 5.30am for her 2fm show, which she co-presents with Bernard O'Shea and Keith Walsh.

And as much as she has enjoyed it, her habits have changed hugely.

She said: “My social life? That's gone.

“It's just about getting to bed early now. I was out one night, it was my first night out for a while, and I said to my friend, ‘We’ll go for a drink’.

“Who did we meet? Dan Healy, my boss.

“He pointed at me with the drink and was like, ‘Go to bed.’”

While her show has had mixed reviews, Jennifer said the negativity was like water off a duck’s back.


“Criticism doesn't bother me,” she added.

“We are just focused on making a great show, and we're enjoying it and the listeners are enjoying it.”

The star returns to TV this evening with a new series of Republic of Telly, set to star Panti Bliss.

Jennifer refused to reveal what role he would play, but said viewers could also expect appearances from Chris O’Dowd and Derek Mooney.

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